Fem Shorts Go Forth

(Above: Simon Helberg in ‘End of the Line,’ directed by Oscar nominee Jessica Sanders. Source: YouTube screenshot)

Starting sometime tomorrow, September 8, you’ll be able to stream all eight female-directed shorts selected for Shatterbox, a film series curated by Turner’s TNT in partnership with Refinery29.

One of the films, French Fries, a drama about a young black couple’s marital problems from Claws showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois, has already posted at TNTDrama.com/Shatterbox.

The other films, which like French Fries, will be available free to all on the web, YouTube and Facebook, are:

One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure, directed by A.M. Lukas (aka Anna Martemucci), stars Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) as a Czechoslovakian refugee in Fargo who wants to welcome refugees from the Cambodian genocide to town;

Are You Still Singing?, directed by Gilly Barnes, is about a struggling woman who becomes a telegram singer;

X, directed by Yara Shahidi (Black-ish), is a take on the classic French short The Red Balloon. In it, a young black child wanders through Los Angeles;

End of the Line, directed by Jessica Sanders, an Oscar nominee for 2001’s Sing!, stars Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz in The Big Bang Theory) in the story of a lonely man who goes to a pet store and buys a tiny man in a cage. Can you guess which role Helberg plays?;

The Godmother, directed by Allana Harkin, a two-time Emmy nominee for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, stars Lauren Ash (Superstore) as a godmother keeping her promise to spiritually guide her godchild – while the dueling parents spend the night in their car;

Curated, directed by actress Gillian Jacobs (Community), stars Ahna O’Reilly as a woman taking a reluctant trip to her late grandmother’s home;

CTRL, directed by visual effects veteran Ivy Agregan, takes place in 2041. It features a renegade hacker being interrogated by a “CyberFed” while a virus ravages the digital battlefield of Cyber War II.

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